What will I study?
Why study Access online with Aberdeen?
How will I study?
You’re completely free to set your own study hours. The learning resources are there for you 24/7, all your round, so you can drop in and study anytime.
- Learning and assessment total approximately 150 hours.
- That’s around 10-15 hours per week over 12 weeks.
- This is a rough estimate. No two students will spend the same time on a course.
- ‘Learning only’ totals approximately 120 hours of study time.
Our Access courses are 100% online, so you don’t have any on-campus or in-person exams.
Learning and assessment
- Your course ends with two assessments. You complete and submit these online.
- You don’t have to take these final assessments until you feel totally ready. You can go back and review previous learning until you feel confident and ready to progress to the assessment stage.
- You need to pass both assessments. They combine to give you a final grade using our Common Grading Scale.
- You won’t have any assessments to complete. You won’t earn any credits if you choose this option. What are credits?
- If you later decide that you’d like to sit the assessments, you can purchase the assessment part of this course separately anytime.
Assessments are marked at four fixed points throughout the year, called exit points.
You can submit your assessments whenever you like, and your work will be marked at the next available exit point.
Your grades will be given to you online, and your certificate and transcript (proof of your grades) will be posted to you.
Exit point 1
- Exit point closes: 6 September 2019
- Certificate and transcript posted: 4 October 2019
Exit point 2
- Exit point closes: 1 November 2019
- Certificate and transcript posted: 29 November 2019
Exit point 3
- Exit point closes: 21 February 2020
- Certificate and transcript posted: 20 March 2020
Exit point 4
- Exit point closes: 15 May 2020
- Certificate and transcript posted: 12 June 2020
Using Access to gain entry to college or university?
You need your Access transcript as evidence for admissions departments. Please ensure you have enough time to receive your certificate before your course start date.
If you fail an assessment, you are allowed one resubmission attempt for the next available exit point.
If you submit to the fourth and final exit point (15 May 2020), you are allowed one resubmission attempt by the following date:
- Resubmission point closes: 3 July 2020
- Certificate and transcript posted: 24 July 2020
Learning and assessment
- 15 credits at SCQF Level 5 (National 5-equivalent level)
- A certificate and transcript of your achievement from the University of Aberdeen.
This isn’t an actual National 5. Nationals are awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
Our Access qualifications are awarded by the University of Aberdeen and graded using our Common Grading Scale.
- in accordance with the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at National 5 level
- by educationalists experienced in working at this academic level
- to develop your key National 5-level skills
- to support your access into college and university.
You won’t receive a qualification, credits or a completion certificate.
However, you’ll have boosted your learning and if you later decide you’d like to sit the assessments, you can purchase this separately anytime.
Where will this take me?
Further Access courses
Am I ready?
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on:
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) or later, preferably Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra)
All our teaching materials are mobile-, smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper keyboard for completing assignments.
Reliable internet access
With reasonable download speed: we broadly estimate at least 2Mbps so that you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- A headset with built-in microphone and earphones is useful if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam may be desirable for some interactive sessions.
We will give you access to Office365 applications. This means that you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires any specialist software, then we’ll provide you with copies of this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure that means you are never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean that you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
This course is very much self-guided.
- Have you ever taken a course that involved a high proportion of self-study?
- If yes, did you enjoy self-study as a way of learning?
Self-study isn’t for everyone. If you’ve struggled in the past, or have any concerns, please get in touch.
Sorry, this course isn’t eligible for any discounts or fee waivers.
How to pay
- Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
- You enrol and pay for your course online – simply apply below.
- We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.
Spreading the cost
As a way to spread the cost of this course, you can start with the ‘Learning only’ part and purchase the assessment stage separately later when you’re ready.
As an Access student, you’re entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.
You’ll be sent details of how to get your student card once you’ve enrolled.
Our online students have access to the same facilities as our on-campus students.
You’re part of the Aberdeen student family, and you’re welcome on campus anytime. Enjoy exploring Old Aberdeen and pay a visit to: